One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large African monitor lizard.
Genus Varanus, family Varanidae: the water leguan or Nile monitor, and V. exanthematicus, which lives in burrows in savannah and semi-desert habitats
- ‘This experience adds to a list of animals seen in and from our garden over the years: small grey mongooses, leguaans, spotted genets, and bushbuck.’
- ‘We have a vacant plot next to our house and since the grass has caught up to a 6 foot wall, we are experiencing housebreaking, snakes, leguaans and scorpions.’
Late 18th century: from Dutch, probably from French l'iguane ‘the iguana’.
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